2014 Korea Professional Baseball season
|2014 Korea Yakult 7even Pro Baseball|
|League||Korea Professional Baseball|
|Duration||29 March – 12 November 2014|
|Season champions||Samsung Lions|
|Semi-Playoff champions||LG Twins|
|Semi-Playoff runners-up||NC Dinos|
|Playoff champions||Nexen Heroes|
|Playoff runners-up||LG Twins|
|Finals MVP||Yamaico Navarro|
The 2014 Korea Professional Baseball season is 33rd season in the history of the Korea Professional Baseball.
Starting in season 2013, each team plays 128 games in the regular season, reduced from 133 due to expansion to nine teams. Each team plays every other 16 times.
There will be a third change in four seasons to the tie rule in South Korean professional baseball. In South Korean baseball, ties are called after 12 innings in the regular season and 15 innings in the playoffs. In 2008, the league briefly scrapped ties and forced teams to play until a winner was decided. But managers strongly opposed the change. The KBO went back to the 12-inning tie rule starting in 2009.
Responding to growing calls to address issues in refereeing, presidents of the teams in the country's top baseball league have agreed to expand video replay starting in the second half of the season, officials said on 8 July. Currently, the KBO umpires rely on video replay for disputed home run calls only. The instant replay coverage on home runs was introduced in 2009. Under the present KBO rules, umpires' decisions on safe-out and fair-foul calls are final and managers or coaches may not protest those calls. The league's umpires, though, have been on the hot seat for most of this season with some high-profile missed calls. With every KBO game broadcast live on cable television and available for free streaming online for domestic viewers, and with improved technology breaking down disputed plays from multiple angles, umpires also work under heavier scrutiny than in the past.
Before this season, the KBO brass had said the league would conduct feasibility studies on expanded video review and that it would consider making the move by as early as 2015. At their meeting in May, the league's general managers discussed expanding video replay but decided to put the issue on hold until the end of this season, citing technical difficulties.
With the pressure mounting to make changes, though, the KBO team presidents caved in and agreed to expand the replay in the second half, which begins on 22 July following the All-Star break. The KBO said it will convene its rules committee to revise the rule book, and settle on specifics of the expansion in a meeting of field managers ahead of the All-Star Game on 18 July. Before this season, Major League Baseball (MLB) decided to expand its review process to cover fair-foul calls and force play at bases, among other categories.
On 18 July, the best players participated in the Korean All-Star Game. The franchises participating were divided into two regions: Eastern League Team (Samsung Lions, Doosan Bears, Lotte Giants, SK Wyverns) and Western League Team (Kia Tigers, Hanwha Eagles, LG Twins, Nexen Heroes, NC Dinos). The titles 'Eastern' and 'Western' do not directly correspond to the geographical regions of the franchises involved, as both SK and Doosan, being from Incheon and Seoul respectively, are based in the Western region of Korea, despite representing the East. Unlike in Major League Baseball, the Korean All-Star Game does not determine home-field advantage in the Korean Series. The game was played at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field and won 13-2 by Western League Team on 18 July 2014.
Korea Professional Baseball season culminates in its championship series, known as the Korean Series. Currently, the top four teams qualify for the postseason based on win/loss records. The team with the best record gains a direct entry into the Korean Series, while the other three teams compete for the remaining place in a step-ladder playoff system:
- Semi-Playoff (best-of-five, added from 3 games starting from 2008)
- Regular Season 3rd place vs. Regular Season 4th place
- Playoff (best-of-five, reduced from 7 games starting from 2009)
- Regular Season 2nd place vs. Semi-Playoff Winner
- Korean Series (best-of-seven)
- Regular Season 1st place vs. Playoff Winner
To determine the final standings
- Champion (1st place): Korean Series Winner
- Runner-up (2nd place): Korean Series Loser
- 3rd–9th place: Sort by Regular Season record except teams to play in the Korean Series.
|1||Samsung Lions||128||79||3||47||0.624||2014 Korean Series|
|5||SK Wyverns||128||61||2||65||0.484||Did not qualify|
|2||Nexen Heroes||3||2||Nexen Heroes||2|
|3||NC Dinos||1||4||LG Twins||1|
LG won the series, 3-1.
|1||19 October||LG Twins 13–4 NC Dinos||Masan Baseball Stadium, Changwon||14:00||13,000|
|2||22 October^||LG Twins 4–2 NC Dinos||Masan Baseball Stadium, Changwon||18:30||8,094|
|3||24 October||NC Dinos 4-3 LG Twins||Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul||18:30||25,000|
|4||25 October||NC Dinos 3-11 LG Twins||Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul||14:00||23,728|
^: postponed from 20 October due to rain
Nexen won the series, 3-1.
|1||27 October||LG Twins 3-6 Nexen Heroes||Mokdong Baseball Stadium, Seoul||18:30||10,500|
|2||28 October||LG Twins 9-2 Nexen Heroes||Mokdong Baseball Stadium, Seoul||18:30||10,500|
|3||30 October||Nexen Heroes 6-2 LG Twins||Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul||18:30||25,500|
|4||31 October||Nexen Heroes 12-2 LG Twins||Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul||18:30||24,330|
Samsung Lions won the series, 4-2.
|1||4 November||Nexen Heroes 4-2 Samsung Lions||Daegu Baseball Stadium, Daegu||18:30||-|
|2||5 November||Nexen Heroes 1-7 Samsung Lions||Daegu Baseball Stadium, Daegu||18:30||-|
|3||7 November||Samsung Lions 3-1 Nexen Heroes||Mokdong Baseball Stadium, Seoul||18:30||-|
|4||8 November||Samsung Lions 3-9 Nexen Heroes||Mokdong Baseball Stadium, Seoul||14:00||-|
|5||10 November||Nexen Heroes 1-2 Samsung Lions||Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul||18:30||-|
|6||11 November||Samsung Lions 11-1 Nexen Heroes||Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul||18:30||-|
|2014 Korean Series Champion|
1 LG Twins 18,241
2 Doosan Bears 17,630
3 SK Wyverns 12,965
4 Lotte Giants 12,962
5 KIA Tigers 10,366
6 Samsung Lions 7,891
7 Hanwha Eagles 7,424
8 NC Dinos 7,297
9 Nexen Heroes 6,921
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- Yonhap News Agency (2014). KBO to expand video replay in second half of season. Accessed on 8 July 2014.